So now that KTMM has his band saw at his shop, and I (William) am left alone with mine, all that is left is for each of us to finish up the details.
I must admit, if you’eve kept up with the blog, that I am ahead of him already. So it really isn’t a fair comparison. Still the same though, I though I’d start a new blog entry for the seperate finishing. I’ll post mine here, and I hope KTMM will do the same.
I mentioned yesterday, way down at the bottom of the last entry, that I’d changed my mind a bit and worked out how I would mount my saw. After that slavedriver (KTMM) took so much out of me yesterday, I thought about not even going to the shop today. Chad though, my twenty ywo year old son, suggested this morning that if I wanted him to, he’d help me get the saw and motor on a stand. I couldn’t pass up the help while it’s here. He normally runs off on Sundays with his buddies. So off to the shop we went. I didn’t do much today, but since it seemed Chad was in a very helpful mood, and Billy (my twenty year old) finally found his way to the shop too, a lot got accomplished.
Here is the motor and saw mounted on it’s stand. The stand isn’t completely finished. The front opening you see there in the front, I’m going to mount a door there to contain the sawdust. There is a hole in the table surface for it all to fall through. I put a serperator panel between this, and another opening on the backside that is identical to this one. On the backside, I’m going to build and install a drawer to hold bandsaw accessories.
I mentioned yesterday, this cabinet is one I picked up from the garbage that someone had put on the curb. It has four inch casters. It is made out of partical board. After taking the top off and reinforcing most of it with solid wood though, I think it’ll last me a long time.
After some measuring, I cut three inches off the sides to make it all come out to a height I was comfortable with. Then I glued, brad nailed, and screwed the seperator plate in. This added extra rigidity. I was going to completely replace the top. In the end though, I decided to instead, keep the top and overlay it with a sheet of pecan, which from my experience, is the hardest and most durable wood I have in my shop currently. My only complaint with pecan is how hard that stuff is. It was a job drilling and installing screws into it.
Originally, the top was nailed on with brads. When I put it back, I used lag screws. I wanted to make sure it didn’t go nowhere. Then my sons turned it upside down on my work bench so I could install screws through that, into the pecan top, from underneath. After everything was done, the boys were playing and pushing each other around the shop on it. So yes, it is strong enough I believe.
Notice anything about these previous two photos?
You can’t see the holes in the wheels that you may have noticed if you’ve been keeping up with the build. Yes, I snapped these photos with it running under it’s own power. After getting everything lined up, built, and mounted, I decided to just turn it on and let it run a while. I allowed it to just run for about thirty minutes. I figured that if any immediate problems that needed attention were going to crop up, now would be the time to catch them. There were none.
I have to admit, another reason for letting it run so long was pride. I am proud of this one. I couldnt’ help but let it run, while I sat with a cup of coffee with a smile on my face, admiring this work of art in motion (in my opinion).
So what was next on the list?
Yes, I know, it’s dangerous even running this without the guards made yet, but I had to test it.
KTMM and I both have cut thin wood on our saws already, even if it was unsafely done, but what kind of test is that?
Ten inch wide piece of scrap cottonwood.
No fine tuning yet. Just kiss the blade with the fence, moved it back a hiar, and locked it down.
Sliced off a, well, slice, a sixteenth of an inch thick, like a sharp knife through hot butter.
If you think I was smiling before, admiring it running, now I was grinning from ear to ear.
So the next task is to build the guards and covers. Then I’ll disassemble everything to apply finish. The finish line draws nearer each workable day.
My (William) saw is built. All I have left to do is tear it all back down and apply finish. Then I can reassemble it and fine tune everything.
I went with basic squared covers. I didn’t want anything fancy.
I just noticed from this photo that I do have one tiny detail to do before getting ready for finish. I never did put that tiny guard around the blade, above the upper blade guide assembly. I’ll get that done in short order. It’s no big deal.
The rear of the saw. I wasn’t planning on covering those little holes at the back of the saw. I decided in the end though, since KTMM had left me enough of this good oak ply, what the hey. I may as well do it up right.
Using the old Total Shop unit gave me a nifty little spot to hang the cord on the side of the motor unit when I’m not using it. I used a new cord and switch to wire it the way I wanted. I’ll show that in a minute.
I hope ya’ll like pictures. I took a lot. Oh, I won’t try posting them all. Don’t get too worried.
On the backside of the stand I put a drawer to hold any bandsaw accessories, like extra blades and such.
I started to cut the bolt off along the backside of the motor unit. Then I realized it made an excellent drawer stop. When you pull the drawer all the way out, that bolt keeps it from falling out unless you purposely pick up on the front of the drawer and angle it out.
On the front side of the frame, on the side of the partitiion where the sawdust will fall, I wired a switch behind a locking door. This way, I can lock the saw up so that noone will be able to mess with it without my keys.
So there you go guys.
My next post on the build will be place in the projects section.
I hope you all have enjoyed it as much as me.
Stay tuned anyway though. KTMM will still be back to impress us with how much better he’ll do his, I’m sure.
For now though, unless something happens (like the shop burning down), I’m proud as can be of my saw. It has been a lot of work. It has been well worth it though everytime I see a piece of wood pass the blade, as I’m sure it will be everytime.
So KTMM took his bandsaw home. I went to visit his shop and he had had about zero shop time, so he hadn’t had time to work on his. That bothered me to no end. I wanted to see it done so badly. So from that point forward, I dropped every hint I could for him to allow me to finish it until he finally agreed. He still wants to do his covers and such, but he agreed to allow me to get it to a point so he could at least use it to cut his covers. So that is what I’ve been privately working on.
Since I now had the experience from finishing my own, I think in some ways I done a better job on his than I done my own.
Here it is!
I won’t say it is the safest thing in the world at this point, but with care, KTMM can cut his covers on it.
His table is larger than mine. That is something he said he wanted. After seeing it though, I want a bigger table as well.
His got two coats of poly, while I only done one on mine.
KTMM and I had been talking about all the different opinions each of us had heard concerning which was better, bearing guides, or blocks. So he brought me some blood wood to make the blocks out of. This stuff is HARD. Anyway, he and I both now have bearing guides and blocks. I made two complete sets of guides so we can easily switch them out depending on what we find we like best.
This is a half horse motor that SuperD brought me to replace my lathe motor that is on it’s last leg. Luckily I hadn’t mounted it yet.
KTMM has the two horse powerplant that will eventually power the bandsaw at his place getting it cleaned up and ready to run.
I clamped this half horse to it just for a test run. I did not have the correct size belt and didn’t see a point in rushing out to buy one for a test run. So I substituted trotline string. I wasn’t sure, but figured it was worth a shot. The string worked for a test. It ran for about five minutes until the string got loose. I’m assuming from heat. Then it started slipping too bad on the motor pulley to do much good.
The testing was a success though. It is now ready for KTMM to use. All he has to do is mount the saw and motor in place and go.
As a sidenote, I told KTMM that I would gladly help him for nothing. He said he didn’t feel right with me doing all this for nothing. So he generously brought me a full set of Marples chisels. I’m talking about the older ones that were made in Sheffield England. I think they will become my chisels of choice compared to my other ones.
The set goes up to a two inch chisel. That thing is MASSIVE. I have been sharpening on it off an on all week. It is so big, that I can’t do it all at once. I’d say I have about two hours into it already getting an initial bevel on it. It is looking nice, but not quite there yet. You will all see it, and the set, in a future blog.
I just wanted to throw this in here and say, thank you very much KTMM. You didn’t have to do that, but it is much appreciated. It is the most complete set of nice chisels I’ve ever owned.